There are many different styles of carports on the market today. You can spend anywhere from around $100 to well over $10,000 to either build a carport or buy a kit. There are cheap carports for sale on the market today that are perfect for someone living in an area with mild weather and who has a low budget to work with.
cheap carports canopyThe problem with cheap carports made of either synthetic materials or pine wood is that they either are not strong enough to withstand heavy weather, like hard rain, wind or snow and freezing temperatures. They also do not have the life expectancy of harder woods or metal carports. With a synthetic carport you can probably get it installed for about $1500 or do it with a kit for about $900. This carport has a life expectancy of about five to eight years no matter how well you care for it.
cheap carport canopiesIf you are looking for a quasi-temporary shelter for your car a cheap home carport will certainly do the trick. If you want something that will be and remain functional for a long time however you will need to pay the price to buy better materials. Good hardwoods like oak or cherry can last for as long as 25 years if well cared for and metals like aluminum and steel, especially steel, can last for generations and the life of the house itself. Spending the extra money for better materials will not only get you a functional carport but you will be greatly increasing the value of your home.
A good steel carport with half garage walls and a storage shed on one end can cost about $5000 if you install it yourself using do it yourself kits like metal garage kits. This kind of carport can add as much as $15,000 to the price of your home however and this makes them a great investment. Remember, for them to hold their value they need to be cared for just as much as the rest of the house.